Remember the LF-LC, the streamlined son-of-LFA sports car concept Lexus debuted at this year’s Detroit Auto Show? At the time, Lexus said it was just a design concept created to explore the future look of the brand. But now it looks like it might make it to showrooms.
Credit the excellent reception the LF-LC received at the show, which has apparently inspired Toyota management to discuss how they could keep riding this wave of good will. ““A decision has not been taken” regarding production, Lexus product planning chief Karl Schlicht told Autocar. “But we’re now up to a 50 per cent chance from a zero per cent one.”
A 2+2 sports car based on the LF-LC certainly wouldn’t be a bad idea; done right, it would prove the LFA wasn’t just an accidental success and that Lexus is dedicated to a sporty image. It probably wouldn’t be hard to build, either—betweem the LS, the GS and the IS, Lexus has no shortage of RWD platforms they could sculpt into sports cars. It just all depends on where they want it to slot in the line up.
So where would it go? If we had to guess, we’d say it’ll likely show up as a Porsche 911 competitor rocking the IS F’s 5.0 liter 416 horsepower V8 (with an optional hybrid V6 powertrain for
weenies Leonardo DiCaprio). That said, we’d much rather see it show up as an SLS AMG fighter with the LFA’s 4.8 liter V10 packed between the front axle and the passenger compartment. [via Autocar]